Statement of Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) Pursuant to the Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 came into effect on 29th October 2015.  This law requires manufacturers and retailers doing business in the UK which supply goods or services and have an annual turnover exceeding £36 million to disclose information regarding their policies to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply chain and within their business.

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd (MBUK) is proud of the integrity measures it takes in this regard.(Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) is proud of the integrity measures it takes in this regard.

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking in its supply chain and own business include the following:

Supply Chain

Written policies and procedures

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD, and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) maintains written policies that strictly prohibit the use of slavery or human trafficking in its direct supply chain. These include Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD, and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD)’s brochure entitled “Ethical Business – Our Shared Responsibility” in which we communicate our ethical principles and associated expectations to our supply chain.  Our supplier code of conduct requires all Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD, and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) suppliers to sign up to a sustainability clause which details all requirements around forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.  This can be found on the supplier portal as follows:

Supplier portal

Supplier certifications

When a supplier signs up to our sustainability clause, it receives official certification to this effect. By this certification the suppliers Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD)  interact with confirm they will adhere to the guidelines and expectations that Mercedes-Benz would expect, focusing on but not limited to “Child Labour Avoidance”, “Freely Chosen Employment”, and “Freedom of Association” in line with the Modern Slavery Act.  This agreement is mandatory and Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) does not deal with suppliers who do not sign up to this clause.

Third party audits

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) has a right at any time to audit suppliers for compliance against the sustainability clause.

Violations

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD, and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) has a zero tolerance policy towards violations of the laws banning forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.  Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD, and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) contractual agreements permit the termination of suppliers for a single violation.  

Our own business

Written policies and procedures

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD)’s Integrity Code details the rules and procedures by which we should treat fellow employees.  This includes:

- Transparent and fair behaviour, such as protecting human rights

- Compliance with legislation, including fundamental
rights at work - in particular freedom of association and elimination of discrimination throughout employment.

Employee Training

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) conducts on-line and face to face training for all employees to emphasise the importance of acting with integrity and in line with our own internal Ethical Business Code.

Compliance officers incorporate guidance regarding the Modern Slavery Act into regular company training sessions.

Human Rights

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) regularly undertakes a Human Rights Compliance Assessment to ensure that all areas of its business are compliant with its Ethical Business Code and
international human rights standards and that all employees are treated in a fair and transparent manner.  This includes adherence to the Working Time Directive and the Minimum Wage.

Violations

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) disciplinary policy permits the termination of employees found to be involved in any breach of the law banning forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.

Daimler Holdings UK LTD (Mercedes-Benz Cars LTD, Mercedes-Benz Trucks LTD, Mercedes-Benz Vans LTD and Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics LTD) will continue to update its policies and procedures as required to ensure it maintains appropriate safeguards against any mistreatment of persons involved in its supply chain or own business.